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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter - Mother Earth Brewing

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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal PorterOld Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter

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60 Reviews
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Reviews: 60
Hads: 159
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 14.51%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Mother Earth Brewing visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: atsprings on 09-09-2010

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Photo of rockyfire
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in the tap room too on nitro which is awesome (if this review was for that it would be all 5.0). My review is for the 12 oz bottles.

A: Dark, almost pitch-black with mild amber highlights. Pours a thick, frothy, tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves a beautiful trail all the way down the glass ending in a solid wispy lace.

S: Potent roasted malt aroma. Background consists of chocolate and coffee overtones. Very pleasant and pleasing smell to the nostrils.

T: Smooth, dark, rich ale with a roasted malt bitterness. Coffee and chocolate overtones, with a nice malt background. Alcohol is present but masked by the roasted malt goodness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome porter. Extrememly well balanced and tasty through and through.

Well done once again Mother Earth

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle int Sam Adams sensory glass - another grab from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville. I've been impressed with Mother Earth's Kolsch and their Dunkel, and a bit less so their Tripel, so very much looking forward to this one.

Pours deep ruby brown, bordering on black, with a dense, creamy cream-colored head of about one finger that looks fantastic, with nice retention and decent lacing as well.

The nose is very nice - roasty and full bodied, with the oats coming through nicely and contributing a very nice fullness to the aroma. Round, with just a bit of baker's cocoa peeking through.

Taste is beautiful as well. Rich and roasty, with a beautiful underlying sweetness that carries, again, hints of chocolate and a bit of nuttiness from the oats. Finish dries out quickly, with a light woodiness and a roastiness that carries through to the barest edge of char, even just a bit smokey, but never loses that smooth, rough, underlying richness. Acidity from the roastiness is very subtle, never overwhelming. Very, very well done.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and silky, with a light but fluffy carbonation that fits the beer perfectly. Long, dry finish lends a nice incentive to take another sip. Drinkability is excellent also, with just a bit of a knock down due to the long, dry finish, but that's more personal preference than anything. Still a fantastic beer in every sense.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant dark brown with ruby highlights under a 1” light tan foam collar that is moderately persistent and lacy.

S: Light chocolate aromas mingle with traces of spice and oatmeal. Malt aromas are medium to medium high, hop aromas are low.

T: Malt with some chocolate that moves towards dark bitter towards the finish. Light roast flavors with some grain. Nothing harsh or burnt.

F: Very silky, velvety and creamy with a medium to medium full body and medium fine soft carbonation. Has a nice oat texture.

O: Flavorful, fulfilling and easy to drink.

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Photo of beer2day
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich chocolate brown in color with a fleeting 1-finger chocolate tan head. Not much retention. Thin dark tan lace all around the glass.

Nose is light roast caramel and light chocolate. Lighter coffee underneath. Not quite strong enough, though, to match the flavor profile.

What is lacking in the nose really comes out on the tongue, though. Roast flavors right up front, with caramel and some coffee - which intensifies as the glass warms. Cocoa really comes out mid palate, with a slight herbal hop kick in the finish. Very robust porter.

Strong feel. Oatmeal gives this a very rich, creamy profile with lots of body for the style.

Definitely a glass I'd fill again.

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Photo of kkipple
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single 12 oz bottle grabbed from that Bastion of Beer, Brawley's. Bottled 10/10 -- everyone should use bottled on dates.

A. Pours a muddy, dark river brown with a bit of red clay. Active carbonation lends a fat, finger tall and swirling head in my imperial pint glass. As I drink this (quickly), some very fine lacing sticks around in gentle waves.

S. Hmm, interesting... a sweet nose here, pure malt sugars, balanced with a good dose of roast and some interesting 'home brew' pungency here... I can't think of a better way to describe it. No hops to be found, this is on the dark, chocolately end of the spectrum. There is a very young, sharp nose here and a bit of nuttiness. Very fresh beer - I like it.

T. Hmm, interesting... oh wait, have I used that one? Ok. Old Neighborhood is a softer beer, sweet, very slick and real, the oats here have really taken hold... practically trips over itself in haste to fall down your throat... dancing waves of roasted malt, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate malt, and a slick, raw and slightly sharp 'thing'... well whatever it is (hops? Yeast character?) it keeps the beer from being too sweet and slick. This is simply maddeningly drinkable.

M / D. Yeah, it's maddeningly drinkable. Medium bodied, but the oats here make this thing smoooo-th. Carbonation is on the lower end; and did I mention this is bottle conditioned? The finish is a pleasant lingering sweetbitter (in that order) roast, with a bit of a raw character going on.

Old Neighborhood is a very pleasant drink, approachable, and drinks like a champ. There's a certain fun about it; this does not taste mass produced in the least. It's another bases-loaded double from Mother Earth as far as I'm concerned.

I should have bought a six-pack.

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Photo of russpowell
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany tinged brown with a finger of cream colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & chocolate

T: Follows the nose, plenty of charred grain too up front, just a touch of steel too. More roasty notes as this warms, just a bit of figgyness, some carob & chocolate. Finishes dry, roasty, slighlty fruity with a touch of chocolate covered raisin

MF: Fairly creamy, medium bodied

A nice American Porter, holds its own with some of the better porters out there. Drinks easy enough

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Photo of Mojo
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> New Belgium globe glass

A - pours a rich obsidian black with a one finger tan colored head, some retention, and some lacing left.

S - chocolate, coffee, charcoal

T - There is a chocolately, toffee sweetness present balanced by a finish that is roasted coffee, a bit smokey with a charcoal note present.

M - average thick, average carbonation, a slight bitter aftertaste

O - pretty nice offering. More of a stout than a porter in my opinion.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my new Brawley's Beverage snifter, both extras courtesy of Beerverage; thanks Curtis!

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with two inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for about a minute and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, cream, light coffee, oats, and dark chocolate. Nose is very nice and a nice mix of chocolate and vanilla.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, vanilla, cream, sweet chocolate, bakers chocolate, coffee, oats, and bready malts. Again, very nice and balanced. Lots of nice roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy, and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I really liked this one; I thought it was a great porter. Lots of roasted malts, vanilla, and sweet chocolate in the nose and taste, and easy to drink. Something I'd certainly like to have again.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle, dated 10/10

grabbed a sixer at Brawley's.

appearance: served in a shaker pint, dark brown body, fizzy tan head with light lacing.

smell: dont pick up much at first - some chocolate, light roasted malts, some sweetness

drinkability: I'm digging this - good notes of chocolate, oats, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts and cocoa, light bitterness. One of the better porters i've had lately, which admittedly isnt a large population, but this was worth the purchase.

mouthfeel: medium-light, creamy

drinkability: good

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Photo of prototypic
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhhh yes. Another one from kkipple. You've spoiled me, Dan. Truth.

Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter pours a dark, nut brown color. It's a little hazy, and has a distinct crimson look when held to light. A soft tan head covers it and stands about a finger and a half tall. It's quick to recede and leaves a light lacing in its wake.

The nose is fairly simple and straight forward, but is good. It has a very nice cocoa-like, chocolate malt flavor. It's the strongest scent in the mix and permeates throughout. It definitely leans toward the sweet side. Light roasted notes and subtle coffee round it out. Alcohol is nowhere in the mix. Completely buried. Simple, but impressive.

The flavor is likewise quite good. The base is a mix of chocolate and roasted malts. The chocolate flavor is all cocoa. It's quite tasty. The overall flavor has a sweet quality to it that is endearing. Light coffee complements the malty flavors well. It's definitely a little on the yeasty side. Alcohol is pretty much buried in flavor, too. I'm not getting any at all. Tasty stuff. Finishes sweet and cocoa-y.

Old Neighborhood has a medium body that's very svelte and smooth. It's creamy and goes down so easy. Carbonation is light and only adds to its smooth feel. Drinkability is good. This is good stuff and really is rather drinkable. Its simplicity starts to get a little less interesting toward the end of the bottle though.

This is my first beer from Mother Earth Brewing. It's impressive. It is a simple American Porter, so if you're looking for extreme and complex, look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you're looking for a straight forward, interesting Porter, give it a look. You won't be disappointed. Thanks, Dan!

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep drown nearing black. There's a quarter inch of brownish, creamy head that sits atop. The nose is very faint with mild notes of roasted malts and coffee. The taste is rich, deep roasted malts, faint coffee, dark fruit, mild diacetyl, and faint alcohol esters. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and very smooth.

This is a pretty solid porter. It's very drinkable, well balanced, and smooth. This is a beer that I would be willing to buy again.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, with a thin tan head that retains ok. The aroma has some cola notes, along with a milky sweetness, coffee, cocoa, dark fruits, burnt bread and some alcohol. The flavor is similar with some cola sweetness upfront, lactose, oatmeal, burnt bread, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich without being overbearing and drinkability is good. Overall a very solid porter from Mother Earth, a perfect fall beer.

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Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 10 10

Pours an unclear, deep dark brown color with a moderate creamy tan head on top. Dark roasted malt aroma...light oatmeal and a good bit of chocolate and coffee and an underlying earthy nuttiness. Roasted black malt flavor, lightly burnt but far from acrid. Dark chocolate sweetness with a dry finish. Just a touch of fruity esters way in the back. Medium bodied with a definite boost in silky-smoothness thanks to the oats.

Lots of roasty, dark malty goodness here. Good, easy-drinkin' porter...

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep, murky mahogany in color, topped with a khaki head that recedes to a thin coating

s: aromatic deep roasted barley but without any burnt harshness, lots of baking cocoa, nutshell, caramel sugars, sweet

m: carbonation just around moderate, medium body

t: nicely flavorful porter - smooth barley roasts with some nuttiness, sweet caramel, cocoa powder, mild earthy hops

d: a nice porter, not the best around but a solid example

bottled 10/10, single from Sam's, Durham

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Photo of garbercury
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in recent trade with Jackthebear...Thanks bro!

A--A lot of lacing that sticks to the glass, in between deep red, and cocoa...

S--Smells like...Oatmeal. Roasted malts also highlight the nose.

T--Cocoa is a certainly in the profile, not too bad, smooth.

M--Nice, silky mouthfeel, a little thin but good.

D--Solid brew, enjoyed it.

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Photo of beerdown77
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours almost black with nice head and good lacing. The smell is chocolate, smokey and dark fruity. The taste very chocolaty, a little smoky. There is a medium body that almost has some sweet fruitiness. This is a great porter that doesn't leave that sour gross taste in your mouth. Good local variety.

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Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz received as an extra in a recent trade with McNuts. Thanks again Keith!

Pours a deep dark chestnut brown color that appears black and completely opaque in the glass with only faint mahogany edges when held to a light. One and a half finger frothy beige head that slowly settles int a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Toasted dark malt aroma with a good balance of sweet and roast. Slight lactic creaminess with hints of toast, oatmeal(of course) and toffee as well as a prominent chocolate/cocoa presence. Slightly smokey with a good amount of roast in the nose without smelling burnt or acrid.

Chewy full with a good balance of roasted malt, sweetness and creamy body. A bit more bitter and roasted than the aroma suggests but still not one dimensional or overpowering. Hints of oatmeal, earthy hops, burnt toast, coffee bean and bittersweet dark chocolate. This is countered by the smooth lactic cream which adds complexity and fullness to the body. In addition, there's some sweet chocolate, hazelnut and toffee toward the end of the swallow. This is a very solid interpretation of the style.

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Photo of jtd1969
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown with a creamy head, lacing good

S - Some nut, vanilla, creamy/sugary

T - Resembles alot of a roasty brown ale. Malty with crisp hops

M - Medium body, good carbonation. Smooth buth a crisp hop finish

O - it was really good. I enjoyed it. I did get some Oats, but it really resembled an Brown to mee.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a imperial nonic a deep somewhat murky looking chesnut brown with atannish colored quick to fade head.Aromas are a bit light and on the sweeter side,I picked up some molasses and dark fruit.The palate is much more assertive and dryer than the nose,starting out with molasses-like sweetness,a big roasty and earthy element takes over in the finish,almost raw in nature.This is a American style porter here with its hefty roasty and earthy finish,a solid porter here.

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Photo of capra12
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo served out of a short pint glass

Appearance: Pours a 2 finger off white almost chocolate cream head, dark caramel brown when held up to a light

Smell: I get a mix of dark sweet malts along with a pleasant herbal root.

Taste: Opens with a caramel and slightly roasted malt as toffee and iced coffee profiles take over. As it warms there slight twinge of sour coffee emerges leaving a roasted and malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, slightly drying.

Drinkability: I would have this again and recommend this to those seeking a porter with lots of roasted malts and a malt profile that is accompanied by a slight twinge of tart similar to that of coffee.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark brown beer with ruby highlights and good clarity. The persistent light tan head is mousse-like with fine creamy bubbles, not a tall head but forms a small, cap.

S: Nice aromas of coffee, unsweetened chocolate and plums. There isn't any perceived hops. There is a mild roasted malt character coming through as well.

T: All most coffee and cream like with a moderate unsweetened chocolate and fruitiness. The fruit is dark dried fruit and plums. There is a moderately-low hops bitterness with a low malt sweetness giving the balance slightly to the bitterness. The finish is off-dry with a quick bit of coffee and dark malt aftertaste.

M: Medium-light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a a bit of slick creaminess in the beer.

O: A nice robust porter with a cream oatmeal body. The oatmeal also makes for a nice a clean flavor.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh, 'tis Porter day in the ktrillionaire household. Tonight's showdown pits smelly hippies from North Cackalacky (Old Neighborhood Porter) versus crusty seafaring curmudgeons from Durham, England (Original Flag Porter). Let the international conflict commence.

A - The hippies have made a nice-looking brew. Deep cola-brown in hue, topped with a mocha colored head that recedes to vague wisps at a moderate pace.

S - The olfactory character is roasty, oaty, with a bit of tobacco (maduro leaf) nuance and a sort of sweet herbal hoppiness. I am glad that it doesn't smell like patchouli, I was really worried that it would.

T - The flavor is roasty and dry with a semi-acrid bitterness that is reminiscent of coffee or chicory (but doesn't actually taste like it.) It is not tremendously dissimilar to CCB's Maduro Brown, in fact I can't resist the comparison. It figures that this is the only night in recent memory that I don't have a Maduro in the fridge, I would love to do a head-to-head (though I know who wins in advance, I don't know the margin of victory...) Anyhow, back to this here beer: it tastes quite nice, but it really seems more of an ABA than AP due to a rich malt sweetness underlying and a lack of the 'je ne se quoi' of a Porter. Style-qualms aside, good stuff.

M - As a Porter, not so much... As a Brown Ale, nice. Light in body, yet still creamy.

D - As stated, all-around good stuff. For the record, in tonight's face-off the hippies put up a fruitless yet valiant resistance; Original Flag ripped the face off of Old Neighborhood, regardless of style or locale. Still, it is certainly good brew!

Big thanks to the ridiculously generous Jahuneyc for the hook-up.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BucketBoy for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Bottled on 10 10 indicated on the label. Pours a murky brown with red highlights around the edges when backlit. Head was a quarter inch, loose and tan-colored and quickly dispersed into a sudsy band around the edges and a bull's eye dollop in the center. Some spots and slashes of lacing revealed during the tasting, but relatively poor adhesion. Nose is very subdued - roasted malt and a touch of something sweet; perhaps brown sugar. Taste is much more expressive than initially suggested by the nose. A great roasted malt quality really comes out, as well as earthy chocolate and oats. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an assertive carbonation and a semi-dry finish. An extremely tasty and satisfying porter. I look forward to trying more from this brewery.

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Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bottled on 9/21/11 ... Very fresh.

Dark root beer color, but with a light haze. Tan head has moderate retention but left very little lacing.

Plenty of dark malt in the nose, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate as well as a bit of spicy hops. Similar flavor but with almost no coffee except in the aftertaste.

O - a fine porter with no significant flaws, but lacks the complexity and interest of a world-class version.

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Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high creamy tan head.
S: There are moderate aromas of chocolate in the nose along with some hints of roasted malts.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavors of roasted malts are stronger and more balanced with those of the chocolate. There are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer goes down smoothly and is relatively easy to drink. I could easily have a few of these in one evening.

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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter from Mother Earth Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.